There is some good info here, but I wouldn't sand the wheels with 320. That is way too rough and will leave visible sand scratches once the wheel is painted. All you really need is a nice 3M grey scuff pad. You can scuff them wet using a blem prep agent, then wash them, let dry and clean for paint. If you want to sand them to get out any surface irregularities, use 600 or 800. Good luck.with whatever paint you use, this is the procedure i did and it turned out flawless.
1.wash wheels very thoroughly with some dawn or something strong, then dry off
2.sand with 320 grit till clear coat is entirely gone
-you could wipe it all down with laquer thinner and make sure your not taking any paint off ( if u are, u need to sand more since the paint wont stick if there is still enamel on the wheels )
-make sure to do the back of the rim too
3.wipe down THOROUGHLY with generous amount of denatured alcohol and clean rags
4.tape tires (could also tape the weights or remove them entirely, then get re-balanced when finished)
5.paint yo' [censored]
preperation is most important part
I didn't use any primer, then again I didn't have any damage to the wheels. Usually 320 is used when there is some sort of refinish work that needs to be done. Since you primered, that fills in the scratches. I have been rolling for almost a month without a single chip. So as long as the surface is prepped right, there shouldn't be any problems.qcoffey, your car is sick...and u did a great job on the wheels
but i want to let you know that 320 is not too rough (to me). as soon as i get a camera i will put my pics up. it was the perfect grade to get all the paint off but keep it smooth. granted i did 2 coats of primer as well, but no scratch marks whatsoever.
600 or 800 and i think that you'd be there ALL day (considering i was sanding for 5 hours)
yeah look in rigz for cdsilver02 or maybe it's 03, I'm not sure he's from Kansas City, and has his painted, they look sick...thanks for all your help guys
does anyone have a pic of the stock SVT 5 spokes painted black on a silver SVT?